Osage Man Wins $2 Million Playing Powerball

Created: 08/28/2014 6:49 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A 58-year-old railroad worker from Osage is a new millionaire after winning big in Wednesday's Powerball drawing.

"I actually told everybody, 'I'm going to win, I'm going to hit it,'" Duane Hanson of Osage said with a grin as he claimed his $2 million Powerball prize Thursday in Des Moines.

Hanson works as a conductor for the Cedar River Railroad in Waterloo. According to the Iowa Lottery, the ticket he bought came close to winning Wednesday night's $80 million jackpot by matching all numbers except the Powerball. That got him $1 million, but since Hanson also added the Power Play option to his ticket, he doubled his prize to $2 million.

Hanson bought his winning ticket at the Casey's store on Main St. in Osage. His was one of two tickets nationwide to win a $2 million prize.

Casey's will receive a $2,000 bonus from the lottery for selling the winning ticket.

Hanson, who said he plans to retire in 2015, says his winnings will greatly help with his retirement investments.

"I've actually been worried about my 401K," he said. "Now I'm not worried about that so much. I've been talking about when I retire, maybe buying an acreage. Maybe I can do that a little sooner now."

Iowa Lottery officials say this is the fourth ticket purchased in Iowa this year to win a prize of at least $1 million.

As we've reported, two weeks ago an Austin, MN man won $1 million playing Powerball.

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